Making a name for herself in Hollywood through her music, acting and fashion, Kayla Brianna has quickly become one of her generation’s most influential rising stars. Kayla was born and raised in a family that was immersed in music and the entertainment industry. Her grandfather, American lyricist Gerry Goffin, wrote hit songs such as “Locomotion” “Natural Woman” and “Saving All My Love For You.” Her grandmother, singer Earl-Jean Reavis, sang backup vocals for the legendary Ray Charles. Both of her grandparents were her two biggest musical inspirations growing up.
In 2016, Kayla released her debut, self-titled EP under her label KSEG. She went on to release multiple music videos, which have garnered over 6.3 million views. Her list of hits include “Work For It” (feat. YFN Lucci), “Luck” (feat. Dreezy), “On and Off” (feat. Devvon Terrell), “I Got That” (feat. Meek Mill), and “Do You Remember” (feat. Rich Homie Quan) – which was included in rotation on major networks such as MTV, BET, Music Choice, and Revolt. Her sound, which has the perfect blend of R&B, Pop, and Soul, has put her on the map as one of iHeartRadio’s 2017 “On the Verge” artists, as well as earning her a nomination for “Best New R&B Artist.” Kayla is starting 2018 strong, gearing up to release her new album and to head out on the North American leg of the “Weird Night’s Tour” alongside Devvon Terrell.
Kayla got her start professionally recording a few demos and working with acclaimed vocal producer Sauce (Ariana Grande, Will Smith, En Vogue). She was quickly discovered by music producer and founder of Streamline Records, Vincent Herbert, who played a few of her tracks for veteran record executive Ron Fair (Christina Aguilera, Black Eyed Peas, Mary J. Blige), thus landing her a deal with Interscope Records. She released her debut single “I Got That” in 2013. Soon after, Kayla left Interscope following Fair’s departure to pursue a music career independently. Since then she has collaborated and recorded with some of the hottest producers in the music industry today including London On Da Track (T.I., Waka Flocka Flame, Tyga, Rich Homie Quan), Da Internz (John Legend, Jennifer Lopez, Trey Songz) and Eric Bellinger (Chris Brown, Teyana Taylor, Usher).
While music has been a primary focus in Kayla’s professional life, she has also made waves in the television industry. She has tapped into acting, appearing on series such as Freeform’s Switched at Birth and the anticipated upcoming CW Superhero series, Black Lightning. Kayla also captured the hearts of millions in the docuseries Meet the Smiths, which aired on TBS. The show followed her father, NBA icon Kenny “The Jet” Smith and their family. In addition to music and television, the multi-faceted artist continues to grow as a prominent figure in the fashion world. Kayla and her sister, Monique launched their clothing line K.M. Fem. The collection features affordable staple pieces for women that can easily be dressed up or down for day or night looks. Outside of entertainment, Kayla’s committed to philanthropic work, supporting Feed the Children.